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State says schools must do better

Several local districts making insufficient progress

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Some students in Schenectady and Amsterdam school districts are not making adequate progress, according to the state 2007-08 education report cards released on Wednesday. The Schenectady City School District’s three middle schools — Oneida, Mont Pleasant and Central Park — were cited for not meeting adequate yearly progress goals. The district also fared poorly in performance of its high school students in English and mathematics. It did not make adequate yearly progress in English at ...

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April 24, 2009
11:09 p.m.

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Tecler School especially, as an arts in education magnet, should be using true “arts IN education”, not just “arts education” in their curriculum, as this would solve many of their problems. The arts connect everything together. The arts can be woven into the very FABRIC of the academic day, because they are, after all, communication vehicles, and much stronger and more motivational as communication strategies than most conventional ways of teaching (especially for math, science, language and social studies). In over 30 years of arts in education work, and in the new book I co-authored entitled "Teaching Curriculum Through the Arts," I have tried to show how this can be accomplished. I can only hope that more people will begin not only to teach the arts themselves, but to teach other academic subjects in this powerful way.

Ronn Kistler